Monday, 20 June 2016

Slovakia vs England Euro 2016 Football Match Preview And Prediction - June 21, 2016


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Wayne Rooney is one of six players reportedly set to be rested by England boss Roy Hodgson for their final group game against Slovakia on Monday.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are also expected to be named on the bench.

Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand are in line to start as England aim to top Group B.

Slovakia could be unchanged following their win over Russia.

But they have six players on yellow cards, including Martin Skrtel, and another booking would see them banned from a potential last-16 match.

England need a point to be certain of a place in the last 16, while a win would mean they top the group.

In that event they would meet a third-placed side in the last 16, with that match set to take place on Saturday at the Parc des Princes in Paris, 34 miles from their Chantilly base.

"The important thing is to be in the last 16," Hodgson said. "We would like to win the group. If that means Paris, that's good, but all the venues are fine, so we don't want to win the group necessarily because it's Paris and it's a little bit closer to our base camp.

"We really want to win the group because it means we'll play against a third-placed team rather than playing a second- or first-placed team.

"Our motivation to win is there for all to see."

England will top Group B if they win - or if they draw and Wales fail to win.

Defeat for England would see them slip to third if Wales win.

Slovakia will finish top if they defeat England and Wales fail to beat Russia. The Slovaks will finish above Wales if they better their result.

Victories for England and Slovakia in their second group game have put both nations on course for qualification.

Rooney, then aged 24, scored twice in a 4-0 friendly win the last time the sides met in March 2009.

Now playing in central midfield, Rooney is arguably enjoying his most influential display at a major finals since he burst on to the international scene with four goals at Euro 2004.

If Rooney, England's record goalscorer, features in Saint-Etienne he will equal Steven Gerrard's total of 114 caps - the third-highest by an England player. He will be one behind David Beckham, who holds the record for an outfield player.

Head-to-head

England have won all three of their previous meetings with Slovakia, including both games in qualifying for Euro 2004
They won 4-0 when the two nations last met, a friendly in 2009. Wayne Rooney scored twice in that game, his 20th and 21st goals for England - he now has a record 52 goals for his country
Seven of England's eight goals against Slovakia have been scored after the 60th minute

Slovakia

Slovakia have never kept a clean sheet in six previous games at a major tournament
Only one of those games ended in a draw, 1-1 v New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup
Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in four goals in his past three competitive games with Slovakia (three goals, one assist)
Twenty of Slovakia's 22 attempts at Euro 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or assist provider

England

England's only previous game at Saint-Etienne's Geoffroy Guichard Stadium was in the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup against Argentina. They drew 2-2 but lost 4-3 on penalties
The game is infamous for David Beckham's red card after kicking out at Diego Simeone, now Atletico Madrid coach
Excluding penalties, England are unbeaten in their last nine games at the Euros (W5, D4), since a 2-1 loss to France at Euro 2004
They scored two goals through their substitutes against Wales (Vardy and Sturridge); their subs had scored only four goals in their 90 previous games at major tournaments
Jamie Vardy is England's top scorer in 2016 with four goals in five games

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